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Believe it or not, I haven't actually disappeared -- though you might have thought so, considering I haven't updated here in almost two weeks!

I have recently been feeling motivated to put behind me some of the things that continually get written up on my List of Doom -- that List being the list of things to do that never somehow get done and sometimes weighs heavily on me. My current feeling of motivation is not the usual one of laying in bed at night feeling guilty about all my procrastinations, however. Nor is it a despairing kind of feeling that I simply MUST get organized or die. Rather, it's more like, wow, wouldn't it be neat if I could start the new year with a fresh slate, having squared things away that I have been procrastinating on this past year? Instead of doing New Year's resolutions, I will get things caught up and out of the way beforehand so that I can celebrate the new year with a totally new (shorter) list!  :-D

So I'm going to try to do that. I'm calling it  Project End Well, and my plan is to get all the things on my List of Doom dealt with by December 31st, so that I can end the year well.

Of course, this isn't anything really new for me, wanting to get caught up and trying to get organized to do so.  That's how the List of Doom got to be a burden in the first place!  But I have been learning a few things about discipline of late that are encouraging to me, and I think I can do this -- and do it joyfully -- without having it become just one more attempt at ordering my world that will fail.  I shall succeed in this!

I read a quote by C.S. Lewis recently.  He said:

Authority exercised with humility, and obedience accepted with delight are the very lines along which our spirits live.

That maybe doesn't have all that much to do with being disciplined, and yet, in a way, it does.  At least for me!  Part of disciplining myself to succeed at a task involves being obedient to all that is involved in accomplishing that task, even if I don't feel like sticking with it.  And being willing to be under the authority of those who have assigned me the task is vital to getting things done -- even if it is myself who has done the assigning!  I bet a lot of my procrastinating would be dealt with if I would see my list of things to do as something I owe myself to do a good job at completing.

So, today I am going to make a NEW List of Doom, but I'm going to try doing it with an attitude of delight, and as a result, see how far I get with crossing things off the list in the coming days.  Here's to ending well!

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. -- 1 Corinthians 9:24

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